30 Oct 2018

Dr Mulford shares the importance of Chapel and exploring faith

Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

In light of this being Dr Mulford’s final term here at Newington, the Chaplains have invited our Head Master to share his views about the importance of Chapel here at the College, as well as the importance of exploring faith in our lives. The newly appointed Chapel prefects interviewed Dr Mulford, asking him a series of questions. Here are some of the responses that our Head Master shared.

Why is it so important that we facilitate chapel services here at Newington?

Newington was founded by the Methodist Church back in 1863, so it is historically appropriate that we honour the foundations on which our school was built. The College has always been open to boys from all faith and life backgrounds, not exclusively to those who are Christian or who are from a Methodist church background. During Chapel, we acknowledge our Christian foundations, whilst honouring the wisdom of those who have contributed to making sense of the world we live in, their pursuit of truth, the likes of those whose names are on our Chapel walls.

How important is it for school’s like Newington to continue exploring the importance of its students developing a faith in God?

Vitally important, as it is part within each of us that reminds us that there is more to life than just ourselves. During PRS classes, we explore various world religions and the role faith plays in our lives. Ultimately, the decisions we make are personal, but it is important that our College continues to plant the seeds of faith and keep the rumour of God alive.

How important is it to you, Dr Mulford, to have a faith in God?

Very important. I grew up attending youth group, then went through a period of time where I questioned what I believed, before re-establishing the importance of having faith in God in my late twenties. This was around about the time of the birth of my first born child, where I was reminded of the miracle that is life. Like in all faiths, you have a spectrum of people who hold to the belief that faith is something that is fairly personal, through to those that hold to an evangelical approach that suggests that we need to try to encourage others to have a particular faith. For me, I’m closer to the fairly personal side in terms of my faith in God, yet it is worth noting that we have a mix of views on faith here at Newington, and that is good.

This applies to the range of interpretations of Holy Scriptures within all religions. One must determine where one stands on the ‘big questions’ in life by reading, listening and reflecting.

I believe strongly in the notion of ‘putting into practice’ my faith, as the Philippians 4 verse indicates. The saying, ‘Religion is often better caught than taught’ resonates strongly with me, as Jesus lived the values that he stood for by treating people with respect, with love and by meeting their needs.

Thank you, Dr Mulford, for your words of wisdom and for sharing this insight into why exploring faith is important to you.

Rev. Geordie Barham 
College Chaplain

2019 Student Leaders

Last week during Assembly, the College announced the School Leaders for 2019. All boys listed below are in Year 12.

Senior Prefect – Mark Elwaw (JN)
Deputy Senior Prefect – Ben Leung (KL)
Deputy Senior Prefect – Jack Walker (KL)

Senior Boarding Prefect – Angus Webster (MO)
Deputy Senior Boarding Prefect – Tu’uta Atiola (FL)
Deputy Senior Boarding Prefect – Tumoana Poata (KL) 
Deputy Senior Boarding Prefect – Max Ventura (FL)

Fletcher House 
Captain – Kieran Corcoran 
Vice-Captain – James Arfanis 
Vice-Captain – Ben Higgins 
Chapel Prefect – Tu’uta Atiola

Johnstone House
Captain – Max Hochuli
Vice-Captain – Joel Phillips  
Vice-Captain – Khalil Taleb 
Chapel Prefect – Tom Mowat

Kelynack House
Captain – Marcus Pham
Vice-Captain – Oliver Blinkhorn  
Vice-Captain – Gabriel Haslam 
Chapel Prefect – John Entwisle

Le Couteur House
Captain – Andrew Wang
Vice-Captain – Thomas Marchese 
Vice-Captain – Ned Stevens
Chapel Prefect – Nathan Nankivell

Manton House
Captain – Angus Waldon
Vice-Captain – Callum Stewart  
Vice-Captain – Xavier Papps
 Chapel Prefect – Philip Langshaw

Metcalfe House
Captain – Angus Beer
Vice-Captain – Rory Olsson 
Vice-Captain – Jaga Yap  
Chapel Prefect – Christopher Spiropoulos

Moulton House
Captain – Finn Hoegh-Guldberg
Vice-Captain – Samuel Perivolaris 
Vice-Captain – Joshua Macdessi 
Chapel Prefect – Sami El-Zein

Prescott House
Captain – Sam Bencsik
Vice-Captain – Lewis Waugh
 Vice-Captain – Charlie Joyce Thomson
 Chapel Prefect – Ben Gill

Congratulations to all!

Concordia Exhibition: Lakebed

On Thursday, 25 October Lakebed, an exhibition originally presented at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery opened with a presentation from teacher and artist Natalie O’Connor. She and four other women Sam Newstead, Barbara Nicholls, Sharron Ohlsen and Liz O’Reilly showed paintings, digital projections, monoprints and installations they made in and in response to Lake Mungo, Willandra Lakes National Park.

As artists they sought permission from the elders of the traditional communities on the lands of the three tribal groups, the Paakinthy, (Barkindji), Mutti Mutti and Ngiyampaa people, to undertake a single residency in 2016. The initial residency grew into two and then three residencies.

“Despite working in diverse styles and with individual lines of enquiry, as artists we were united – not only did we feel our task was to represent more than the obvious, our challenge was to champion the essential importance of place in human experience without an idealised gaze of place-identity or doomed views about place-disintegration,” shared Liz O’Reilly.

The exhibition spanning all four spaces is diverse in style but consistent in attitude. From Newstead’s evocative and representative monoprints capturing both the light and space of the ambiguous place to Nicholls watercolour projections, reminiscent of the dried lakebeds in all their sedimentary layers and Sharon’s painted eucalyptus leaves direct from the place there is an immediacy in these works that direct you to somewhere else. O’Reilly made a monumental 900 paper boats, individually painted and finished in wax to recognize the wetland landscape where Newington College stands today but prior to its habitation. She worked with a Year 9 Visual Arts class to educate and collaborate with them so they are contributors as well. O’Connor is a PHD candidate and her red pigment experiments are seen for the first time in their full 25 part presentation.

On the opening night, Liz O’Reilly spoke and her closing remarks reflect an important aspect of art and the, in particular, the art presented in the exhibition.

 “Here at Newington, we’ve had to rethink our artwork in this place. The motto, to faith add knowledge, is a little like our creative processes. As artists, we have to have faith in our ability to create, a different way of making sense of place, in the hope that we add to the knowledge about it.”

Hannah Chapman
Acting Head of Visual Arts

The Lakebed exhibition will be open through Saturday,10 November. For more information, please click here.

Our first Remembrance Day

Our Remembrance Day service on Friday 9 November will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting on 11 November 1918.

We know that, as news of the signing of the Armistice spread, crowds gathered to celebrate in public places across the Allied nations. The jubilant crowd photographed in Martin Place (image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial) captured the mood in Sydney that day.

We have no evidence of how the news was greeted at Newington. We do, however, have an account of what may be regarded as our first Remembrance Day, a Memorial Service for the Fallen held on 9 November 1919, the nearest Sunday to the first anniversary of the Armistice. This was one of hundreds of events held around Australia, and thousands around the world, on or near that first anniversary and which led to the tradition of marking Armistice Day — renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War — to commemorate those who had died in the Great War and, subsequently, in all conflicts.

That first Newington service was held in the Stanmore Methodist Church, which functioned as the College’s chapel and was draped for the occasion with flags and wreaths. The large congregation included many ‘relatives of our dead soldiers’, present and Old Newingtonians and a range of official guests representing the NSW Parliament and the military authorities. Former Prime Minister Sir Joseph Cook read the Old Testament lesson, while the Headmaster, the Reverend Charles Prescott, preached what was reported as ‘a noble and inspiring sermon’. Hymns included ‘O God, our help in ages past’ and ‘When the day of toil is over’, while the College Choir sang the anthem ‘Crossing the bar’.

The service closed with Major Charles Buchanan reading the Roll of the Dead and the school buglers playing the ‘Last Post’, two common features of subsequent commemorations.

One feature not included was the minute’s silence. It was first observed two days later (as two minutes’ silence) at the first annual Armistice Day service in London. It quickly became a central feature of such commemorations, and in schools and workplaces where there was no other formal commemoration, across the nations of the former British Empire. Nor were poppies worn at our 1919 service: the tradition of wearing poppies on Remembrance Day reportedly started in 1921.

David Roberts

Sport Report

Sport Captains 
Last week three Newington sport captains were announced, congratulations to Finn Tainsh (11/MO) Captain of Boats, Nicholas Condon (11/FL) Captain of Cricket, Max Lowry (11/LE) Captain of Water Polo. The captains of Basketball and Tennis will be announced in Term 1, 2019. Congratulations on your appointment.

Congratulations to the following Newington cricket players who have been selected in a provisional U15 GPS squad to trial later in the season, Lachie Bird (9/MA), Benjamin Crawford (9/LE), Curtis Mackinnon (9/FL), Stefano Ottavio (12/ME) and Edson Whattam (8/ME). Well done boys.

Congratulations to long-serving members of the Newington Rowing community, Julie Gigg and Howard Goodall who had boats named after them at the boat shed on Saturday in recognition of their service to Newington rowing, In front of a big crowd of boys, staff and parents the boats were christened, followed by a tour of the new shed facilities.

USA Sport Scholarship Workshop
The Director of Crimson Athletics, Tessa Berger, will be flying in to run a free information session at the Taylor Sports Centre Function Room on Saturday, 3 November from 4pm – 5.30pm

Tessa will be taking families through the sport scholarship recruitment process and paying particular attention to academics as this can often be the deciding factor in being recruited to top US colleges.

It would be a fantastic opportunity for:

  • Students involved in 1st teams – rowing, soccer, water polo, volleyball and basketball
  • Students in Years 10-11 who have competed in representative level individual sports such as running, swimming, skiing, golf and tennis         

For further details USA-sport-scholarship-workshop

CineArts 2018

A capacity crowd filled the Newington College Drama Theatre Thursday night for the 18th annual CineArts Film Festival.

Films screened from a variety of sources including the CineArts after-school film program, Extension English films, HSC Drama films, the Year 10 English Film class and Pymble Ladies College, International Grammar School and Methodist Ladies College.

This year saw no shortage of levity and intrigue. From depictions of present-day Orwellian tendencies and remote controls with superpowers, to reflections in the final moments of life, students pulled off visual storytelling with distinct style and finesse. As outgoing Senior Anton Fichtenmaier (ON 2018) remarked, the audience is “taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride, more turbulent than Nicolas Cage’s acting career”.

Filmmakers were congratulated on their ability to transport an audience to a new world in a matter of minutes. This year’s films were a magnificent reflection of the hard work and commitment of the Newington film community.

Best Actor (tie): Zac Burkitt (9/FL) – The Chat and Greg Cheetham (Newington Dad) – Story of Icarus

Best Sound Design: Josh Cappello (11/LE) – Pecora

Best Scriptwriter: Tom Cheetham (12/MA) – The Story of Icarus

Best Editor: Sebastian Skontos (9/FL) – .the dots.

Best Cinematographer: Charlie Nicholas (10/MO) – Game Over

Best Director (tie): Josh Cappello – Pecora and Tom Cheetham – The Story of Icarus

Best Junior Film: The One –  Zack McGeechan (10/PR), Alex Rumi (10/FL)

 Best Senior Film: The Last Tasmanian – Aston Brown (12/MO)

Geoff Wren Senior Contribution Award: Aston Brown

People’s Choice Award: The Last Tasmanian – Aston Brown

Terence Preister
Head of CineArts and ICT Facilitator

An unforgettable trip to Space Camp

If I could only describe to you how special the spring holidays were, well… that’s what I’m doing. Two boys from north-west Sydney, two chaperones from the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and I set out to Huntsville, Alabama for an unforgettable journey at the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS). It was a special place and the camp was jam-packed with fun activities and special learning experiences.

Space Camp is a NASA operated program, which hosts many students in their Space program throughout the year. The week I attended was special, as every student participating was visually impaired, and comparing their lives to mine expanded my gratitude for the life I’m living. I was a member of team Deimos, and people came from the US, US of A, ‘murica, U.S.A and many other countries such as Australia.

We did things like team building activities, simulators of gravity on the moon and missions attempting to launch and land a Space Shuttle successfully. This whole experience was something unique and such a reflective time. It was an excellent learning experience, and I made friends. I can’t thank those who organized the trip enough. It changed me for the better.

Vincent De Souza (9/PR)

First Aid for summer bites and stings

Remember always seek immediate medical help and call triple zero (000) for an ambulance in an emergency. If the person collapses or stops breathing, you will need to commence CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until medical help arrives.

Dog/Cat bite 
Dog and cat bites can become infected. Wash wounds with soap and water, apply antiseptic and seek medical aid. Antibiotics may be prescribed and tetanus vaccination should be up checked.

Bee sting
Remove the sting by sliding or scraping your fingernail or plastic credit card across it, rather than pulling at it. Wash the area and apply ice to reduce the swelling. If the person has a serious allergy to bee stings then call 000 and you may need to help give their EpiPen.

Snake bite 

  • Call 000
  • Keep the bitten limb and the patient STILL.
  • Place a folded pad over the bite and apply a broad pressure bandage firmly to the limb, including over the pad on the bite site. Apply the pressure immobilisation bandage to the entire limb as far up as possible, starting just above the fingers for an arm or just above the toes for a leg.
  • Immobilise the limb with a splint (stick/rolled up newspaper). Then apply another firm bandage as before over the splint and clothes.
  • If the bite is on the trunk or torso, still apply a pressure bandage.
  • If the bite is on the head or neck apply firm direct pressure on the bite site if possible. Do not restrict breathing, blood flow or chest movement and keep the patient STILL.

Funnel-web bite 
Keep the patient calm and follow instructions above as for snake bite applying a pressure immobilisation bandage. If safe to do so, collect the spider for identification.

Redback spider bite

  • Apply an ice pack to lessen the pain (the pressure-immobilisation technique is not used in this case as the venom acts slowly and any attempts to stop its movement tends to increase local pain, which may become excruciating).
  • Get the victim to a hospital or medical centre if a child is affected or symptoms are severe.
  • Antivenom is not routinely used.

Bluebottle sting

  • Remove any tentacles with tweezers, forceps or fingers (this is not dangerous to the rescuer; you may experience a harmless prickling feeling).
  • Wash off with sea water
  • Immerse the affected area in hot water (no hotter than the rescuer can comfortably tolerate) for 20 minutes to relieve pain.
  • If pain is not relieved by heat, or hot water is not available, stings may respond to ice packs or anaesthetic creams or lotions.
  • For persistent or generalised pain, or if the sting area is large or involves sensitive areas, call 000 and seek assistance from a lifeguard.

Stonefish sting

  • Call 000
  • Immerse the affected area in hot water as tolerated to relieve pain.
  • Leave any barbs or spines in place and place padding around them. They may be plugging a wound and preventing blood loss.
  • If the person is unresponsive and not breathing properly, start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Box jellyfish sting (tropical waters)

  • Dial 000  and seek help from a lifeguard.
  • Flood the area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds.
  • If vinegar is not available, wash the area well using sea water (not fresh water) and pick off tentacles (this is not harmful to the rescuer).
  • Make sure patient does NOT move.
  • A cold pack or ice may help relieve pain. Take care not to get fresh water on the area as it could activate further stinging cells.
  • CPR may be required.
  • Antivenom is available, and is recommended for all but minor stings.

Irukandji (jellyfish) sting
Irukandji syndrome can develop about 30 minutes after being stung. It can be fatal.

  • Call for medical assistance, either via a lifeguard or dial 000 for an ambulance.
  • Liberally douse the stung area with vinegar.
  • The person must be taken to hospital for pain relief and treatment of symptoms.

Blue ring octopus

  • Dial 000 – medical help is needed as fast as possible.
  • Pressure immobilisation bandages should be applied, using a broad pressure bandage and splint on the affected limb.
  • Stay with the person, reassure them and keep them still.
  • CPR may be needed.
  • Person will need transfer to hospital – prolonged artificial respiration is often required until the effects of the venom wear off.
  • There is no antivenom available.

Cone shell sting

  • Call 000.
  • Pressure immobilisation, using a broad pressure bandage and splint, is recommended.
  • Stay with the person, reassure them and keep them still.
  • Prolonged artificial respiration, even mechanical ventilation, may be required.
  • At this stage, there is no antivenom available for cone shell stings.
  • A tetanus injection may also be needed in case the wound is contaminated.

Tick bites 
The Australian paralysis tick secretes a nerve toxin in its saliva.

Kill adult ticks where they are on your skin using a spray that contains ether (available from pharmacies in Australia e.g. Wart Off). These sprays freeze the tick, killing it and preventing it from injecting its saliva or regurgitating its contents into you.

  • You should then leave the tick in place until it drops off, which should happen in the next 24 hours. Don’t compress it or squeeze the tick during this time.
  • Once the tick has dropped off, clean the area with an antiseptic or soap and water.
  • Don’t remove ticks with household tweezers. If you have trouble killing the tick or it doesn’t drop off, visit your doctor for tick removal.
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms such as rash, swelling or fever.

In short: Freeze it; Don’t squeeze it! To kill small tick larvae or nymphs, apply insecticide cream containing permethrin, which is available from chemists.

Ant bites

  • Wash the stung area with soap and water
  • Apply a cold pack to the area and take a simple analgesic if required to relieve pain and swelling
  • If the person has a serious allergy to ant stings then call 000 and you may need to help give their EpiPen.

Leech bites

  • Application of salt, salt water or vinegar to an actively sucking leech will cause it to fall off. A leech will usually fall off after 20 minutes of attachment without any treatment.
  • Wash area with soap and water and use an antiseptic.

Hairy caterpillars

  • Remove hairs with tweezers or by applying and removing adhesive tape to the area
  • Apply a cold pack to the area and take paracetamol if required for relief of burning, pain and itching.
  • Antihistamine medication e.g. Zyrtec tablet

Margaret Bates
School Nurse       

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